Hoboken Housing Authority approves $157k contract for new exec. director

first_img The Hoboken Housing Authority unanimously approved a $157,000 contract for a new, full-time executive director from out of state, tentatively set to start on October 26. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJ3OevK4_w&feature=youtu.be[/fve]After a roughly 45-minute closed session, the HHA board unanimously approved (4-0) the hire of Marc Recko, the current CEO at Washington and Mid-East Regional Housing Authorities in North Carolina.Three of the seven commissioners, Dave Mello, Robert Davis and Judy Burrell, were unable to make the meeting.After hiring a consulting firm to perform a nationwide executive director search, the board agreed Recko was the right man for the job.Emil Kotherithara is the current acting ED after the board decided not to renew Bob DiVincent’s contract last month.HHA Chairwoman Dana Wefer told the public prior to the vote that Recko’s tentative start date is October 26, also providing background on the process.Speaking one-on-one with Hudson County View, Wefer revealed that Recko will be earning about $157,000 a year – the highest salary permitted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Bayonne By John Heinis – September 14, 2015 11:50 am 1 September 21, 2015 9:30 am at 9:30 am 1 COMMENT Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Crime Interesting, over a year searching for the right candidate and just as council candidates are announced the board finds a candidate. What a coincidence. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img Comments are closed. HobokenNews Hoboken Housing Authority approves $157k contract for new exec. director Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Mel B Previous articleRepublican candidate Sutherland: County Executive Tom DeGise ‘needs to go’Next articleSheriff’s Office nets 10 DWIs, 54 total arrests, from ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign John Heinis Facebook Twitter TAGSbob divincentCarmelo GarciaDana WeferHoboken Housing Authority SHARE Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction last_img read more

UKBA warns lawyers over ‘queue-jumping’

first_imgImmigration lawyers who help clients queue-jump an appointments system for work permits risk sanctions that could end their practice, the UK Border Agency has warned. In what is known as ‘a 3am appointment’, immigration advisers, including solicitors, use fictitious client names to book appointments online to reserve a place in the queue. When a real client needs an appointment, the adviser cancels the fictitious appointment online in the early hours of the morning before taking the now-free appointment a few minutes later. The practice has grown as delays in processing ‘change of circumstance’ applications from people with tier 2 (employer-sponsored) status have lengthened. Following Home Office cuts, immigration practitioners complain, it may take six months from submitting a form to obtaining a necessary follow-up appointment. A UKBA spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of attempts to circumvent the appointment booking system and are taking steps to prevent individuals and organisations from doing so. Anyone found to be abusing the system may be banned from using it.’ UKBA has reported the practice to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. The commissioner has wide powers to regulate immigration advisers including ‘limiting or varying’ the levels of work advisers undertake. Other sanctions available include disciplinary charges. The commissioner can also enter premises and seize records. In relation to the ‘3am practice’, the UKBA spokesperson confirmed that, working with the commissioner, ‘we will thoroughly investigate any specific allegations’.last_img read more

Catching Dinner at Cape May Cafe

first_imgShare This!Today, we’re taking a look at dinner at Cape May Cafe. Back in the dark ages when I was in college, my feature writing instructor had a food critic come and talk to us during our restaurant review class. A question came up about how to review a buffet. The critic’s philosophy was that if you plan to eat at a buffet, always go within the first hour of service, as the food will be hot and fresh and quickly replenished. On the other hand, if you are going to review a buffet, always go right before the last hour of service–that will let you know how much they care about their food. You may find food not being replenished, and the quality of some food being lackluster after sitting in a steam tray for hours on end. I’ve done early dinners at Cape May Cafe on many occasions, but rarely eat late. On one particular day, schedules worked out such that a late dinner was the best option, so I snagged a late evening reservation for Cape May Cafe. Cape May is located in the Beach Club resort and offers a character breakfast and a non-character dinner buffet daily. The theme is an old-style New England Clambake. Although there are options on the buffet at dinner for people who don’t like seafood, it is almost impossible to get your money’s worth if you don’t at least like some seafood.We arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation time, but it took us almost an hour to be seated. In the past, we’ve found that the wait at this restaurant is longer than others, but never this extreme–I joked to my husband that it would be a good chance to shut down the place for the night. Thankfully, a good server can make a rough start to a meal better, and our server (Jenn) was exceptional.The buffet at Cape May is a square. The first side contains cold dishes (salads, peel and eat shrimp) and soup. The second side is the clambake side. The third side has the carving station, breads, and the children’s station. The fourth side has “everything else” in terms of hot dishes. There is also dessert station hidden near the front entrance, and a kid’s dessert station nearby.One of my favorite dishes at Cape May Cafe over the years has been their house salad (a lettuce blend with blue cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and a light vinaigrette dressing). It is something where I’d go back for a serving with each course. Unfortunately, that salad is no longer there, and has been replaced with a similar “citrus, almond, vanilla” salad, which was okay but not quite as good and had surprisingly large chunks of grapefruit in it. Other salads included a Caesar salad, a Southwestern salad (with black beans, peppers, and a surprising amount of heat), a kale coleslaw, ambrosia, and a pasta salad with ham. After trying them all, none of them really stood out as exceptional. At the end of the day, who goes to a seafood buffet for the salad, though? (Okay, me for that original house salad, but I’m the exception…) Because they are made in small batches and are the first item people see, I found that the serving dishes emptied quickly, so you may have to wait a few minutes for refills–but they did refill them throughout the evening.Because I wasn’t filling up on salad, I decided to try some of the clam chowder. Remember above how I said that you could tell the quality of a buffet by how well they kept it filled during the last hour of service? When it came to the clam chowder, even though there was still more than an hour left in dinner service, the soup container was almost empty. Eventually it was refilled, but it was a little off-putting to have to scrape the bottom of the container for half a bowl of soup. I was concerned that with so little left in the container that it might be burnt on the bottom, but it was in good shape, and a wonderfully creamy New England-style clam chowder with ample pieces of clam throughout.On the clambake side, the main attraction–and a signature item for this restaurant–are the crab legs. This is really where you can make or break the value for this meal. Make sure to pile ’em high. They’ll always steam more. Other items to complete the clambake experience include steamed clams, steamed mussels, corn on the cob, and red potatoes.This side of the buffet also had mashed potatoes and gravy, baked salmon, pizza, and pork ribs. Aside from the crab legs, the salmon was the best offering on this side of the buffet.Moving along to the back of the buffet, this is where my jaw dropped about “end of night buffet syndrome”. When we arrived and walked to our seat, I noticed a platter with a variety of cheeses, although it was starting to run thin. By the time I made it through the salads and went to get some cheeses between courses, I saw the buffet servers taking the cheeses from the larger platters and combining them onto a few small dinner plates. Although the dinner plates were refreshed through the evening, it was a bit startling to see the cheeses offered on the buffet like that.At the carving station, the beef tenderloin was a wonderful offering, and cooked very tender. For non-seafood eaters, this is one of the best options on the buffet, especially if you like it with the homemade onion jam.There’s also a surprising amount of bread options on the buffet. It’s bread. It’s a good palate cleanser. It fills you up.The options for kids are surprisingly limited–there’s mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans (although for parents of picky eaters, note that the green beans have butter and black pepper on them), and chicken drumsticks. The kids’ area is set down lower, which makes it that kids could technically serve themselves.On the last side of the buffet are the hot dishes that didn’t fit elsewhere–there’s a couple of pasta dishes, fried fish nuggets, a seafood paella, broccoli with cheese sauce, and (my family’s favorite), fried clam strips. I think that my daughter has eaten her weight in fried clam strips over the years of visiting Cape May.The paella is also a favorite dish of my family–some nights it has chorizo in it, which makes it have a bit of a kick. Other nights it doesn’t, and it is a very mild dish.Once you’ve had your fill of dinnertime food, you have to make sure you save room for dessert. All of the desserts are prepared in two-bite size, with the idea that you can try a variety of desserts without feeling (much) guilt. Selections may vary, but there’s usually some types of mini cupcakes, brownies, flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, or lemon curd.The dessert buffet can be found in two different locations near the front entrance. The first location has the bite-sized desserts ready to take.The second location has “kid-friendly” options (cookies, brownies, pound cake) that can have chocolate or caramel toppings added based on personal preference.At the end of the meal, hot washcloths are brought out–and when they say hot, they mean hot. I swear that they put them in something like what they steam the crab legs in to get them as steaming hot as they are.For dinner, Cape May Cafe is a fairly relaxed environment for a meal if you’re situated away from the buffet area. The decor is pleasing, and includes sand castles, vintage swimwear, and seaside-themed murals. Whether the meal is worth it will depend on your eating habits–if you are not a fan of seafood, it will be difficult to get your money’s worth. If you do like seafood, the quality is good, and the variety is above average. Non-seafood options are predictably weak, but the variety of desserts are exceptional. Prices are around $45 for adults and $25 for kids (depending on time of year). Disney dining plan is accepted (1 table service credit), and Tables in Wonderland is accepted.Have you eaten dinner at Cape May Cafe? What’s your favorite item on the buffet? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Rockets roll, clinch at least share of Cloverbelt

first_imgTo watch Hub City Times’ video coverage of the game, click here.By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Big offensive plays have been the norm for the Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team, but yards were harder to come by against a steady Altoona defense on Friday night.The Rockets defense, however, was dominant, and despite a pair of turnovers and a blocked punt, Spencer/Columbus was able to pitch its second shutout of the season, rolling to a 39-0 victory at Beell Stadium.Spencer/Columbus improves to 7-0 overall and in the Cloverbelt Conference, clinching at least a tie for its first Cloverbelt championship. Altoona is now 4-3 and 3-3 in the conference.The Rockets play a nonconference game at home against Edgar (6-1) next Friday before finishing their regular season with a game at Osseo-Fairchild as they search for the outright Cloverbelt title.“It’s a big moment,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said in regards to clinching at least a tie for the conference title. “We still have a lot of work to do. This is definitely a goal on our list.”The Rockets scored on three of their first four possessions to put the game away early.Hunter Luepke capped a six-play, 53-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, and Noah Zastrow ripped off a 50-yard run on the next drive to put Spencer/Columbus up 16-0.Luepke ran 9 yards for a score on the third play of the second quarter to make it 24-0, and the Spencer/Columbus defense took it from there.The Rockets allowed just two first downs in the first half and held the Railroaders to 54 total yards in the first half and 116 for the game.A methodical 10-play, 60-yard drive ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Jonny Tomke on fourth-and-3 to put Spencer/Columbus up 32-0 with 1:47 to go in the third quarter.The Rockets finished the scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run by quarterback Calvin Lenz with 4:42 remaining in the game.“The defense was absolutely terrific,” Gorst said. “They (Altoona) are big up front, but we shut them down. They are very good at running in between the tackles, but I thought our guys stayed in there for the whole night and played a good game.”Zastrow led the Spencer/Columbus rushing attack with 94 yards on eight carries. In all, the Rockets racked up 292 yards on the ground.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 39, Railroaders 0Altoona 0 0 0 0 – 0Spencer/Columbus 16 8 8 7 – 39First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 6 run (Luepke run), 9:28.SC – Noah Zastrow 50 run (Zastrow run), 5:47.Second QuarterSC – Luepke 9 run (Calvin Lenz run), 11:19.Third QuarterSC – Jonny Tomke 15 run (Zastrow run), 1:47.Fourth QuarterSC – Lenz 25 run (Elijah Welsh kick), 4:42.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Altoona 6; Spencer/Columbus 13.Rushing (att-yards): Altoona 38-78; Spencer/Columbus 36-292.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Altoona 5-8-38-1; Spencer/Columbus 4-12-56-1.Fumbles (total-lost): Altoona 1-0; Spencer/Columbus 3-1.Penalties (no.-yards): Altoona 11-74; Spencer/Columbus 4-21.Punting (no.-avg.): Altoona 4-25.0; Spencer/Columbus 1-0.Individual StatisticsRushing: A, Hunter Bowman 5-31, Connor Klatt 6-23, Trent Peterson 12-20, Kolten Wright 6-12, Mitch Adrian 2-10, Dakota Hickok 3-5, Sam Roeske 1-3, Wesley Boyarski 3-minus 14. SC, Noah Zastrow 8-94, Hunter Hildebrandt 6-60, Hunter Luepke 9-50, Calvin Lenz 9-45, Jonny Tomke 3-33, Tim Bauer 1-20.Passing: A, Boyarski 5-8-38-1. SC, Lenz 4-12-56-1.Receiving: A, Adrian 1-25, Wright 1-7, Peterson 2-5, Hickok 1-1. SC, Ryan Busse 2-17, Hildebrandt 1-33, Tomke 1-6.Fumble recoveries (defense): A, Trent Sell.Interceptions (defense): A, Peterson. SC, Elijah Welsh.Punting: A, Dallas Ystebo 3-19.0, Peterson 1-43.0. SC, Zastrow 1-0 (blocked).Records: Altoona 4-3, 3-3 Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 7-0 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.last_img read more

LPM “Magpie” Awards: Applauding Excellence

first_imgThe LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat to the very best in the loss prevention industry, providing a unique opportunity to present positive, productive ways to promote loss prevention, build successful and constructive partnerships, educate and inform the LP community, and support the thought leadership that drives us forward.The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards are a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Each of the following recipients reflect that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honorees.- Sponsor – Excellence in LeadershipJohnny Turner, Director of Loss Prevention at Rack Room Shoes A veteran leader in the profession, Turner began his retail career with Rack Room Shoes, formerly Learner Shoes, as a controller in 1982, and five years later became the company’s first merchandise manager. In 1992 he took on the role of building the company’s loss prevention program from the ground floor. Twenty-five years later, that program has become an integral part of the company’s business model.“We really didn’t know at the time what a successful loss prevention program looked like,” said Turner. “But networking and mentors played a crucial role in my development. I used every conference, meeting, and training session as a way to learn from the best LP leaders in the business. We established shrinkage goals, established robust audits, worked with store operations, and increased awareness through training and communication. But I’m most proud of my team and the store employees who bought into what we were trying to accomplish to increase both our profits and our value to the organization. It’s these people that make success happen every day.”Excellence in Community ServiceMelissa Mitchell, CFI, Director, Asset Protection and Retail Supply Chain, LifeWay Christian Stores A veteran of the United States Air Force and an experienced leader in the loss prevention community, Mitchell has provided the light of leadership for many men and women across the industry as she has taken on greater responsibilities in her own career. But it is her contagious spirit and giving personality that helps set Mitchell apart. An active participant in many projects that support the loss prevention community, she also cofounded Katie’s Helping Hands along with her daughter, Katie Mitchell. Facing their own life-changing events, these courageous women looked beyond themselves to support families in their time of greatest need in the battle against cancer.“What we do in loss prevention is fix things,” said Mitchell. “It’s really about the power of handing people an opportunity to do the right thing and showing what they’re capable of accomplishing. This provides the momentum to help make things better, which is what leadership is all about.”Excellence in PartnershipsMike Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President at Vector Security Having served with Vector Security since 1983, Grady is a long-term supporter of the loss prevention community both as a solution provider and as an advocate for the industry as a whole. He serves on the Loss Prevention Foundation board of directors and the Retail Industry Leaders Association steering committee, and is an active member of the National Retail Federation, ASIS International, and other industry associations. To date, the team at Vector Security has awarded 184 LPQ and LPC scholarships to support continuing education across the industry. “Building a business relationship is a lot like developing and building a personal relationship,” said Grady. “You have to identify shared values, develop mutual respect, and always be upfront and honest with each other. If you can do these things, trust will come naturally. Also, it is imperative that you get involved and contribute your time to the industry that you serve. Dedication and commitment build trust and credibility. These connections can go a long way in helping you become more successful.”Nominations Are EncouragedWe want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence (at) LPportal (dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

P2P and Streaming Video Gobble Up Increasing Corporate Bandwidth

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise david strom 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Since we wrote about Palo Alto Networks’ applications study in January, the company has continued to track corporate networking trends with their customers and today is releasing a new data visualization tool, as well. Somewhat surprisingly, they are seeing very large jumps in use of peer-to-peer file sharing and video streaming services at the enterprise level.Palo Alto conducted network traffic assessments in 2,036 organizations worldwide between November 2011 and May 2012, and found that streaming video bandwidth consumption increased more than 300%. Since its last report covering the time period from April to November 2011, “total bandwidth consumed by streaming video quadrupled to 13% of all bandwidth on enterprise networks and now represents a more significant infrastructure challenge to organizations.” And this jump doesn’t even take into account this summer’s Olympics, which may push the numbers for streaming video even higher.The issue is pervasive, too. Palo Alto found streaming video use across 97% of its customers, using both Netflix and P2P video streaming services. In the Americas, YouTube, Netflix and generic HTTP video were the top three consumers of bandwidth. Almost half of this traffic was found on nonstandard ports (other than ports 80 and 443), making this traffic more difficult to potentially block. This is probably not due to users understanding how to hop among ports, but rather to more sophisticated streaming software that can find unblocked pathways to the Internet, as Skype and other file-sharing programs currently do. This means that monitoring and blocking tools are going to have to improve to keep track of this usage.Palo Alto also found a similar, major jump in P2P file-sharing usage: “P2P filesharing bandwidth consumption jumped 700% to represent 14% of overall bandwidth observed, growing more than any other application category.”At least one browser-based file-sharing application was detected on 89% of the participating organizations’ networks, and an average of 13 different file-sharing apps were found on each customer’s network. What is even more sobering is that the takedown of popular file-sharing site MegaUpload in January 2012 didn’t really put a dent in this kind of traffic. Palo Alto found that Putlocker, Rapidshare and Fileserve each benefited from the demise of Megaupload, with big jumps in usage after the takedown.You can find the full study results here. Their new visualization tool can be found here.You can navigate to various screens that show you a “radar” plot of different protocols and data types from the data they have collected. This screenshot shows you the rise of P2P traffic that they have observed.What does this mean for enterprise network admins? They will have to get better and more efficient at running their networks and squeezing as much bandwidth as they can from their existing connections. Video and peer sharing isn’t going away, and the use of both is only going to continue to grow. And those admins that don’t employ tools like Palo Alto’s and others probably need to start gaining some experience with them very soon.last_img read more

Social Marketers Court Influencers But Ignore Susceptibility, Research Shows

first_imgTags:#social networks#web Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland The researchers look beyond marketing, suggesting that “accurately identifying influential and susceptible individuals in networks could enable new behavioral interventions to affect obesity, smoking, exercise, fraud” as well as the adoption of new products and services.Understanding HomophilyOne of the biggest problems researchers have had in measuring influence on digital social networks is homophily, or the idea that people choose friends based on similar tastes and preferences. Did you influence a friend to see The Dark Knight Rises, or were you connected in the first place because you both like Batman?Aral and Walker were able to control for that in their study by using randomized experiments. While some homophily and peer some influence may have crept into their results, they worked around the homophily problem by letting study subjects randomly share opinions about films with some but not all of their friends, coupled with the large sample.“It’s Complicated”center_img Social media marketers have long focused on finding “influencers” on Facebook to spread a message or promote a product. New research suggests they’re missing half of the equation.Social media experts spend a lot of time talking about influencers, people who are most effective at pushing a message and getting their contacts to respond to it. Less often discussed is susceptibility, or the idea that some people are more likely than others to be influenced by online social networks.A new study by New York University’s Sinan Aral and Dylan Walker gauged susceptibility among 1.3 million Facebook users, making it is one of the most ambitious efforts yet to measure this phenomenon. Among the key findings, as reported in the July issue of Science:Younger users are more susceptible to influence than older users.Men are more influential than woman.Women influence men more than they influence other women.Married people are the least susceptible to influence in the decision to adopt products.The biggest takeaway for marketers and others trying to spread messages through social media may be that influential Facebook users are less susceptible to influence than non-influential ones, and influencers tend to cluster in the network. In other words, finding influencers isn’t enough. The key to successfully spreading a message on Facebook, according to the study, is to find influencers with influential friends. Not surprisingly, people tend to hold the most influence over people in their age range, the researchers found. And, generally speaking, the older a person is, the more influential and less susceptible he or she is on Facebook.But the study dug deeper, finding that Facebook users in an equally or more-committed relationship tend to hold more sway over peers. The most susceptible users? People who listed their relationship as “It’s complicated.” Influence Adopters, Not InfluencersSocial networking advertising targeted specifically at women may be ineffective, the data suggested, although the researchers said more study was needed. That’s because women are more likely to adopt messages spontaneously while having 22% less influence on peers than the average Facebook user.For now, the best marketing strategy is to target influencers who have already adopted a product, the researchers said. Individuals who already use a product can be given incentives to influence their peers, as opposed to giving individuals with susceptible peers incentives to adopt a product.That’s because more people are influential than susceptible on Facebook, and targeting individuals who are influential only because they have susceptible peers may be a wasted effort. The key is finding the clusters of influential users within a social network to get a message disseminated as quickly as possible. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Digg Re-Emerges as a Single Source of “What the Internet is Talking About”

first_imgjon mitchell Digg made its mark by turning Internet news aggregation into a social experience. Now people share links and talk about them everywhere. So Digg is gathering all that scattered activity back into one listing of the best of the Internet. With Digg set to relaunch for the Web and iPhone on Wednesday, general manager Jake Levine found a 25th hour in his workday to tell ReadWriteWeb what to expect.On July 12, news broke that New York start-up stable Betaworks bought the site for a song. Digg was delivered into the capable hands of the 10-person News.me team, whose app provides a feed of personalized news from readers’ Facebook and Twitter feeds. Levine and his team have rebuilt the site from the ground up, targeting as broad an audience as possible. Broadening the Conversation“We’re making sure that Digg is conducive to a social experience on and off the Internet,” Levine says. “Success for us means that you go home or go out with your friends, and what you’re talking about is stuff that you found on Digg.”Levine’s statement is an acknowledgement that conversations around great articles have moved outside Digg’s walls. The new Digg will determine which stories matter based on buzz from Twitter and Facebook in addition to Digg votes. If that buzz arose from a link you shared on Facebook, the Digg page will credit you with the discovery.Digg v1 won’t have its own commenting system when it launches on Wednesday, which may come as a surprise to past Digg users. Levine doesn’t just want to slap on a Reddit or Hacker News-style upvote/downvote system. “We weren’t 100% sure that that was right, and we didn’t have time to be wrong.” He wants to learn through experimentation to answer the question: What is this type of network good at?The conversations will still take place on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere. When and if Digg launches its own commenting system, it will be tailor-made for the interests and skills of Digg users.Keeping It SimpleThe new Digg will slim down Digg to its essence as a front page for the most buzzworthy links from around the Web. Levine says he wants the v1 front page to evoke this reaction: “This is hilarious and great stuff, and it strikes a chord with me.”The team conducted a survey about the current state of Digg and found that over 80% of respondents consume news from four types of sources: successors of the old Digg like Reddit and Hacker News, blogs, major newspapers’ websites, and Twitter. Facebook was also over 60%, beating out TV.Levine saw “an opportunity to simplify” in these responses. For the first iteration, Digg will be a desktop and mobile destination for news that, while not replacing all other kinds of sources, is a reliable destination for broadly interesting stuff. As Levine simply puts it, “Digg is about delivering what the Internet is talking about.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Product They Would Have Built AnywayBefore Digg dropped in their laps, most of the new Digg team was building News.me. The key difference between News.me and the new Digg is that News.me personalizes the news to the person reading it, while Digg will initially be built to show the news that matters to everyone.There are “100,000-ish” power-user types on News.me who constantly scour their Twitter and Facebook streams for interesting news. The team was already working on how to use the signals from these readers to pull together a more general-interest experience. What they needed was general-interest users. “Then Digg came along, and it was like, ‘Hey, here’s a few million of those people,’” Levine says.So the Digg team will work backward from a broadly appealing site for the millions of Digg users. It will learn to implement its knowledge of personalization of and conversation about news as it goes.The team’s “F–k It, Ship It” ethos is all about delivering something as soon as it’s good, then experimenting, studying and iterating to make it great. “We built this in six weeks,” Levine says, “and we want to rebuild it again in another six weeks.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Digg#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Weve Never Seen A Player Quite Like Giannis Antetokounmpo

Across the nine major component categories of advanced metrics tracked at Basketball-Reference.com,1i.e., categories that attempt to isolate skill in a particular area of the game, rather than more holistic measures such as PER or Win Shares. Antetokounmpo ranks among the top half of qualified2For the purposes of this story, I considered a player to have qualified for the league leaderboard for these nine stats if he has played at least 12.2 minutes per scheduled game (taking the average number of games across all NBA teams), which works out to about 1,000 minutes in a normal 82-game season. NBA players in eight of them — turnovers are the only area where he was worse than the average player through Wednesday’s games.But the Greek Freak is at his most transformative when he plays point guard. When 6-foot-5-inch James Harden — 6 inches shorter than Antetokounmpo — is already towering over opposing point guards after his move to the position this season, the idea of a 6-foot-11-inch terror in the open court, dunking on opponents in transition and making plays for teammates, is unprecedented. Since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, Toni Kukoc (in 1998-99) was the only player 6-foot-10-inch or taller to have a higher assist rate than Antetokounmpo has right now — and Kukoc wasn’t also rebounding or recording steals and blocks at anywhere near the same rates as Antetokounmpo is.In fact, the mere sight of a guy his size, doing what he does, is startling. Against Cleveland, the side-by-side comparison between Antetokounmpo and LeBron James — heretofore the greatest combination of size, speed and athleticism in basketball — was eye opening:To visualize what an outlier Antetokounmpo is among guards, here’s a plot of Box Plus/Minus against height for players listed by Basketball-Reference as point guards or shooting guards this season: One of the best point guards in the NBA right now stands 6 feet 11 inches tall.Let that sit for moment.OK, so Giannis Antetokounmpo also plays positions other than the point for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Matthew Dellavedova has been eating some of Antetokounmpo’s minutes at the 1. And frankly, it doesn’t really matter where Giannis plays, given that he can rattle off stat lines like the 34 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks he produced Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The guy is good at damn near everything there is to do on a basketball court: Antetokounmpo still needs to polish some of the finer aspects of playing guard, such as running a pick-and-roll and spotting up for jumpers. But! He’s also still days shy of his 22nd birthday. If he’s this good — and this versatile — now, watching Antetokounmpo reach his potential will be one of the NBA’s most entertaining storylines over the decade to come.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Womens soccer Buckeyes prepare for final home conference matches

Iowa freshman goalkeeper Claire Graves (1) can’t stop Ohio State senior forward Lindsey Agnew’s (20) shot during the second half in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016. The Buckeyes won the game 3-0. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorA motto and mindset was established at the beginning of the Ohio State women’s soccer season to always get one percent better.  After a weekend of strong offensive and overall play, the Buckeyes have their eyes set on doing just that, Thursday evening.The Indiana Hoosiers (5-7-3, 2-3-2 Big Ten) travel to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to face the Buckeyes (9-4-2, 3-2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. After a long but victorious weekend trip to Maryland and Purdue, coach Lori Walker said her team feels calm and refreshed coming into Thursday’s matchup. “We were off on Monday, and yesterday we had a really good (practice) session,” Walker said. “The energy has been really good.  We’re excited to be back at home … it was a long trip.” Thursday’s game comes during OSU’s fall break, which Walker said has brought a mental calmness to the players, resulting in crisp play where their focus primarily on practice and the game.A focus in practice throughout the week for OSU has been that of precise play, especially coming off of a weekend scoring eight total goals, and defensively allowing just one goal. “We’re always trying to get one percent better. That’s what we’ve said from the beginning of the year,” Walker said. “We’ve got to continue to be sharper with our passing, continue to be sharper with our runs in the box.  We have got to continue to be sharper with our clearing defensively out of our own box. As those things continue to start to clean themselves up, I think we are continuing to be a dangerous team.”OSU junior forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, following her three goals in two games. Edwards said that her strong emphasis on teamwork, paired with a unified energy helped her strive over the weekend, has provided inspiration for Thursday’s game versus Indiana. “We need these wins, and so I think this week helped a lot in getting our energy up there and our confidence up there,” she said.  “However, that (last) weekend’s over, and I think our focus again is just one game at a time, and that happens to be Indiana.”Edwards continued to emphasize the presence of an energy and confidence going into Thursday’s match, also stressing a focus on defensive and offensive organization as a whole.OSU’s defense held strong in it’s past two games, only giving up one goal within 24 total shots on the weekend.  The season’s motto finds its focus defensively, as the number of goals given up continues to decline.“I think that as each game comes, we’re trying to get one percent better, as coach always says, so I think now, we did only allow one goal in,” said OSU freshman defender Haley Walker-Robinson.  “The goal is to not let any (goals) in.  I think that that will be a good thing to build off of.”Walker-Robinson said her approach to improving one percent while facing Indiana comes from the desire to becoming stronger mentally and physically.“Mentally for me, I think that I don’t want anyone to get inside of our box, maybe even 10 yards,” Walker-Robinson said.  “For our line, we have a ‘line of restraint.’  We don’t allow any nonsense in that area.”Coach Walker praised the defense’s play throughout the past few games, crediting success to the emphasis of knowing responsibility in the defensive system.  “You have to really work hard to create a goal and score off Ohio State,” Walker said.The Buckeyes host senior day Sunday, as they welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2-3, 4-1-2 Big Ten) to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more